Geographic Mourns the Rowells, Killed in Air Crash

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"I'm deeply saddened by the loss of Galen. He was a huge talent and a delight to work with. We will all miss him," Fox said.

"Galen was one of the most experienced, one of the most well-known, and one of the best photographers in that particular genre—the adventure type of photography," said National Geographic Photographic Senior Editor Kent Kobersteen. "Galen worked for the Society for many, many years and had just completed an expedition that was partially funded by the Society's Expeditions Council and also was a magazine story. This is a tragic loss, both Galen and Barbara."

Galen Rowell's work for National Geographic magazine started with the feature "Climbing Half Dome the Hard Way Up," in 1974. He shot images for some ten features and also wrote six of the articles. In one of them, "Baltistan—The 20th Century Comes to Shangri-la," Barbara also took photographs.

Galen also shot three stories for National Geographic Traveler and one for National Geographic Adventure magazine.

His photographs were included in the collections of two National Geographic books.

Greg McGruder, National Geographic director of Lectures and Public Programs, said Barbara Rowell was scheduled to appear in the Fall 2002 season of Live...from National Geographic. Barbara's, December 11 lecture was to be part of the popular "Quest for Adventure" series and was being presented in conjunction with the release of her new book, Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey.

"Unfortunately, our fall brochure was printed and mailed last week. We will, however, be apprising our audience members of this tragic loss through news releases and via the the Live...from National Geographic section of the Web site.

Here's a description of the lecture that was scheduled:

"An accomplished photographer and successful businesswoman, Barbara Cushman Rowell nonetheless felt that she was living in the shadow of her famous husband, photographer and mountaineer Galen Rowell. She decided to take stock of her life, listed her personal goals and merged three of them—learning to fly, learning to speak Spanish fluently, and exploring South America—into the adventure of a lifetime. She flew her own single-engine Cessna 206 on an amazing 25,000-mile-journey that included instrument failures, political coups, tropical storms—and at one point, the need to fly herself to and from an oral surgeon after a rafting accident. Join her as she shares the inspiring tale of this inner and outer flight of self-discovery."

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